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Anugul District In Brief

Population : 1139341(2001 census)
Sex Ratio : 961 female in 1000 male
Literacy : 69.40% (2001 census)
Area : 6,232 km²
Subdivision : 04
Tahasil : 05
Blocks : 08
G Panchayat : 180
Town : 09
Muncipality : 01
NAC : 01
village : 1922
Temperature : 43.9 degree (max), 14.6degree(min)
Rainfall : 1,255.2 mm (average)
Languages spoken : Oriya, Hindi, English and Telgu.
Clothing : Light cotton in summer and heavy woolen in winter.

Anugul .

Anugul is considered the industrial capital of Orissa. The town of Anugul is the district headquarters. Situated at the heart of the Orissa , this district is an integral part of the state contributing towards the rich culture, tradition and socio-economic development of the state of Orissa. This district was formally formed out of the former undivided Dhenkanal district on the date of April 1, 1993 by the late Chief Minister of Orissa, Mr. Biju Patnaik . The district covers a geographical area of about 6232 square kilometers and has a population of about 11.40 lakh. The district is abundant with natural resources, which ultimately help the district to contribute maximum amount of revenues to the state government.

Anugul, The district headquarters is about 150 kilometers from the state capital Bhubaneswar. It is situated on the National Highway No 42, making it well accessible from all parts of the state. Rivers Mahanadi and Bramhani flow through this district.

Industries are the Identity .

Large scale steel giants like JINDAL Group, BHUSAN Steel are establishing their respective plants in the vicinity of Anugul. At Talcher Industries like NTPC, FCI, MCL are situated here. Talcher is well known for its huge coal mines and National Thermal Power Plant . NALCO Nagar is the place where Asia’s largest aluminum smelter plant is situated. It is about 12 kilometers from the district headquarter and about 118 kilometers from the state capital Bhubaneswar. It is situated on the national highway no 42, and well connected with other parts of the state with bus services. Visitors are also allowed to visit the plant site during the Bishwakarma Festival.

Place of attraction .

In Anugul , the famous Budhi Thakurani Temple built on a small hill. Recently a huge Jagannatha Temple has also been built near the Budhi Thakurani temple. There are several other temples which attracts both devotees and tourists to this district. Place of attractions are also Tikarapada, Bhimkund, Deulajhari, Agipara are also included in this list.

Tikarapada is about 60 kilometers from the district headquarter and about 200 kilometers from Bhubaneswar. Regular bus services are available from Anugul to Tikarapada, via Badakera and Jaganathpur. Besides one can take a taxi service from Anugul to Tikarapada . This place is famous for the Gharial Crocodile Sanctuary, which is situated on the bank of River Mahanadi.
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Bhimkund is another tourist place of Anugul district, which is situated about 28 kilometers from the town of Talcher. One can see the sleeping statue of Lord Vishnu on the river bed of Bramhani.Deulajhari is also One more important place from both religious and natural beauty point of view is Deulajhari, better known as the ancient citadel of Saivism. The legacy of traditions and worships in the temple mirrors a heritage in its past and present flowing in to eternity. Ogi-Para is another place of attraction in this district which is situated near National Highway No 42, just 2 kilometers from the highway near village Kanjara. It is 27 kilometers from the district headquarters of Anugul. Regular bus services are available for Ogi-Para from Anugul. These are two adjacent villages divided by river Lingara and popular for the Budha Thakura Temple and Agara Fair or Phalguna Fair .Besides, there is a small temple in the village of Ogi, where the idol of Goddess Budha Thakura is kept. The Agara Jatra is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in the area. One can also visit these places just to have first hand experiences of village life. Besides, one can experience the life of mud thatched houses, without electricity, drinking water and proper roads and close to dense forest. The inhabitants do cultivation for living.

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